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's a debt ceiling, which we thought was going to happen -- four, actually, the fiscal cliff, which didn't happen, that would have been bad. a debt ceiling, which would have been unimaginably horrible, a hell storm of epic proportions. a continuing resolution which could lead to a government shutdown, and a sequester. the sequester is, of these four, probably the least damaging to the economy, the least disruptive, least freakout to the market. there's an advantage to the fact boehner has moved his people to have a fight on the sequester. obama and him are going to have a fight on the sequester and hopefully we'll figure this out before we get to the debt ceiling or something we can't get back out of. there is a sense with a harm mitigation strategy being attempted by john boehner here to try to get his people focused on something, where even if it goes wrong and there's no deal, we don't crash the global economy as a consequence. >> it reminds me of the late 1800s and 1900s when leeching was the preferred medical treatment, bleed it out, bleed it out. that's effectively the strategy tak
tactic or a promise? okay, so, anna, first we had the debt ceiling. then we had the fiscal cliff, now we have this sequestration, which is really forced budget cuts. doesn't matter what you call it. it's the third time that the sky is falling. when are people going to stop believing that the sky is falling or top the sky from falling and vote in new people? >> i think the american people have stopped believing the sky is falling already. i see a lot less anxiety and sense a lot less anxiety about this than we had during the fiscal cliff. look, don, this has become like a bad halloween movie. jason never dies. he comes back and comes back and comes back and every time the movie is worse. it really has shown tremendous lack of responsibility. you know, the president came up with this idea, he doesn't want to take ownership, the republicans, the congress passed it. they don't want to take ownership and now it is everybody's problem. but we cannot be having on the -- you know, being on the verge of a nervous break down -- >> every couple months. >> -- every three months. we do not have the l
and that was the case with the fiscal cliff deal and the previous debt ceiling fights. on the sequester you're not going to see real negative consequences or a lot of americans potentially losing jobs up until early april at the earliest. that's why you're not seeing a lot of movement on this now. >> lynn, this is how one person is spending his congressional recess, senator marco rubio just announced he is going to join israel ahead of secretary of state john kerry, ahead of the president himself. how should we read this? >> first of all it's telling he didn't say he's also going to the west bank, perhaps he is. most often these trips do include that, that he didn't want to mention if indeed what you showed was the release, that's an interesting angle to follow up on. this is what lawmakers do to season themselves, to become experts. is he not seen as necessarily an expert on international affairs right now and this is one of the areas that you go and by the way, if you wonder why a florida senator would be going to israel, it's because it's a major voting body within the state of florida. there's nothi
ceiling fight coming up again in may. so there's a lot of uncertainty around fiscal policy, around government contracting of all kinds. so it's going to be a sort of rolling snowball effect, i might call it, where it gets bigger and bigger. and by may this may be the only thing we're talking about. >> richard, one could wonder at this point, what was the point of setting the sequester limit if now we're just figuring out ways to come up with a new deal? this was supposed to be the deal. this was supposed to be the thing that forced action. >> right. >> what was the point of it if we're not going to enforce it? >> that's a very good question. what was the point of it? the point of it was that people had crawled out on a limb, and they needed to come off it somehow. the very people who crawled out on that limb are now saying, how did we ever get here? you made me do it. it is ridiculous. and unfortunately, you know, what's that hillary clinton line that she used to use? the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. just in ter
to our country. >> now, when it came to negotiations on the debt ceiling deal those came down to the wire. we saw the same thing with the fiscal cliff that didn't get resolved until after the deadline had passed and the sequester was supposed to take effect in january, but it got pushed to march. i have to ask you as a member of congress, why does congress put everything to the last minute, right down to the wire. is there a procedural reason for that? a tactical reason? >> it's like poker. you wait until you get the last card in order to find out whether you think you can win or not and then you normally assess what happens if you lose. but when you have a handful of people that can't lose and they want to win and if they stop government they've won and they don't feel the pain like it's their mom or their kids that are losing. they believe that their conservatism is enough to be a patriot to bring their own party down, but to bring the country down with it. and so i heard you say that we'll do this over and over again until people are numb, but even with russian roulette, there is a liv
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